Mizuno Wave Ultima 12

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Ranked #33 in category Road

The Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 is a comfortable and sturdy road running shoe for long distances. Review analysis coming soon.

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Model: Mizuno Wave Ultima 12



Heel to toe drop

10 mm

Heel stack height

32 mm

Forefoot stack height

22 mm



Weight (men)

322 g/11.4 oz

Weight (women)

288 g/10.2 oz

Release year



Half marathon, Mid distance, Marathon, Long distance


Slow, Moderate


Daily running, Recovery


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  • The outsole of the Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 is equipped with X10, a solid carbon rubber built to last on urban terrains. This setup provides a safe grip on the roads.


  • U4ic is a soft foam that equips the midsole on its entire length. Mizuno claims that it’s 30% lighter than regular midsole foams.
  • Also, the U4icX is an even lighter and softer version of U4ic specially created for softer heel landings.
  • Mizuno Wave: a TPU unit inserted in the midsole to enhance the rigidity of the platform for a comfortable and quick ride.
  • SmoothRide is a convex-shaped platform with flex controllers that starts a rocking-chair effect for a fluid movement from heel to toes.
  • Premium Insock:a removable insole that supports the line of the foot and adds padding to the shoe.


  • The upper of the Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 is AIRmesh, an engineered mesh that uses a soft and breathable fabric for a strict and pleasant foothold.
  • Dynamotion Fit is an innovative design that uses stretch fabrics to adapt to the foot’s movement throughout the gait cycle. The Japanese Brand says it created it based on biomechanics research.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Does this running shoe fit true to size?

Yes, so far, we haven’t seen comments from runners mentioning that the fit is unusual. Therefore, you can purchase your usual size for running shoes. Nonetheless, if this your very first pair of Mizuno shoes, it may be a good idea to give them a try in-store to make sure you find the best size for you.

Is the Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 good for runners who overpronate?

Yes, this model should be suitable for all athletes regardless of their pronation type as it’s a neutral running shoe. It doesn’t come with stability technologies to guide the stride and reduce overpronation. At any rate, running models for overpronation are not a better choice than neutral shoes to decrease the risk of injury. Comfort should be the first criterion when selecting shoes, not the pronation type, although the two can sometimes correlate.

Is the Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 good for people who are heavy?

Yes, this model should be adapted even if you’re a heavyweight runner. Indeed, the Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 has a 32 mm heel stack height, which is enough cushioning for most athletes. Also, it has a sturdy build that is compatible with heavier runners.

Is this model recommended to run a marathon?

The Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 is specially designed for long distances including marathon. It’s a little heavy so not necessarily ideal for speed but there should be no problem in terms of comfort. The best is to add it to your rotation during your preparation to ensure that there’s no discomfort or pain during your long runs.

Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 review road running shoe
Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 rubber outsole x10

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    The Mizuno Wave Ultima 12 is a comfortable and sturdy road running shoe for long distances. Review analysis coming soon.

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